A Closer Look at Giants Beware by Jorge Aguirre

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Claudette isn’t your typical well-behaved hero, but she is ready to fight for her village. Of course, she must convince her friends to join her so they can protect the townspeople from the scary giant.

Giants beware Book review and book club ideas for kids

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Giants Beware by Jorge Aguirre

Genre: Action & Adventure; Graphic Novel
Length: 208 pages
First Published: 2012

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Publisher’s Description

Make way for Claudette the giant slayer in this delightful, fantastical adventure!

Claudette’s fondest wish is to slay a giant. But her village is so safe and quiet! What’s a future giant slayer to do?

With her best friend Marie (an aspiring princess), and her brother Gaston (a pastry-chef-to-be), Claudette embarks on a super-secret quest to find a giant without parental permission. Can they find and defeat the giant before their parents find them and drag them back home?

Giants Beware! offers up a wondrous, self-contained world in the tradition of the very best of Pixar. Claudette and her friends will have you laughing out loud from page one.


My Thoughts

The entire town has heard stories about the “giant who likes to eat baby feet.” Everyone is scared, except Claudette. Armed with her wooden sword, she is eager to travel to the hills and defeat the giant. She tricks two friends into joining her for this giant fighting expedition and together they face several adventures on their way to the giant.

The characters in this adventure graphic novel are full of energy and personality. As a result of their adventures, they become stronger friends and learn a little more about their individual strengths. I think these characters are a ton of fun. This book is a great tool to encourage reluctant readers. I highly recommend it


Giants Beware Book Club Ideas

Eat apples but don’t worry about the witch showing up!

Have a sword battle using toy swords, such as nerf.

Enjoy blue jello as a treat, but call it Mad River Jello.

Purchase wooden swords and decorate them. Decorate using acrylic paint and items such as craft gems.


Discussion Questions

Be sure to grab this set of questions specifically designed to facilitate discussion about the format and artwork of the graphic novel:


About the Author: Jorge Aguirre

Jorge A. Aguirre is an East Coast-based writer born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He wrote the graphic novel, Giants Beware, which the New York Times called, a “rollicking fun story.” He also wrote its sequel, Dragons Beware. Besides books, Jorge also produces and writes TV for kids. He’s worked for Disney, Junior, Nick, Jr., and PBS. Learn more on his Goodreads Page.


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